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Dual boot Vista with Linux

 
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Hi Friends,

Is it possible to install linux/any unix based Operating system(Fedora etc..) to a machine which is having Vista Home Premimum(infact it is a Factory Image from the HP) installed already? By the way it is SATA hard disk. I have done this with WinXP(which was having IDE Disk) . I'm not sure this is possible or not with Vista. If that is possible please let me know which version would be compatible with this.

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[ August 05, 2008: Message edited by: Vijitha Kumara ]
 
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Dual-booting Vista and Linux
Of course, you'll want to check your particular distribution as they may have tools to make things easier or special instructions.
 
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The hard part is re-partitioning the hard disk without losing what you've already got. Partition Magic is a good solution for Windows users, but historically it was difficult to shrink down the OS partition itself. I don't know if that has been reliably resolved yet or not.

Of course, Microsoft isn't as friendly as in years gone by, so if you do resize the partition, it's just possible that you'll have to re-register Vista.
 
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Originally posted by Tim Holloway:
The hard part is re-partitioning the hard disk without losing what you've already got.


Vista provides a tool for that. It's covered in steps 5-7 of the instructions I linked to.
 
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Thanks Joe and Tim. My concern was, will new Unix based OS's identify the SATA Disk. Let me try with your link.

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Linux loves SATA - the machine I'm using right now is a SATA system.

One thing to watch out for, however, is that historically the literature referred to IDE drives as /dev/hda1, hda2, etc. and SCSI drives as /dev/sda1, sda2, etc.. Later other devices such as USB drives also got mapped to the sdx-series device names.

Somewhere around the 2.6.18 kernel, everything got folded into "sdx" device names - even IDE drives. I think there's some compatibility stuff left, just to confuse things, though.
 
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